Free Week 1 Prediction: Golden Flashes vs Nittany Lions Odds
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(0-0) Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 3rd
Time: 3:30 PM EDT
Venue: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania
NCAA Football Spread: Penn State -21.5
NCAA Betting Total: 45
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The MAC and BIG 10 clash in Week 1 as the Kent State Golden Flashes get set to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday afternoon.
Penn State enters a rebuilding phase, which the Kent State defense will try to take advantage of here and pull off one of the biggest wins in program history.
The Golden Flashes endured a lot of hardships last season.
After winning just 9 games over the past 3 seasons, Paul Haynes was figured to be out the door after last season. However, the Golden Flashes decided to give him one more chance as this is a make or break season for him.
Haynes will look to turn around a 3-9 bunch that returns a majority of their starters.
The Golden Flashes will rely heavily on their defense, that actually wasn’t bad last season.
Kent State will see 8 starters return, along with a lot of the backups that got playing time last season. Last year, this defense ranked 27th in the nation with 350.1 yards against per game.
The Golden Flashes will hand the ball to true freshman Justin Agner at the QB spot. It has been one of the weakest positions during Paul Haynes time as he looks to find some sort of stability there this season.
The Nittany Lions, like the Golden Flashes, will have a new QB under center to start the season.
Christian Hackenberg has moved onto the NFL and Penn State will start Trace McSorley. The sophomore is the only one of the QBs on the depth chart that actually have in game experience.
Penn State will still have plenty to work with in terms of playmakers, as sophomore running back Saquon Barkley and junior wideout Chris Godwin.
Barkley was a 1000 yard rusher last season while Godwin was a 1000 receiver.
Defensively, the Nittany Lions will have to repair a lot. Known for their linebackers in the past, this is the first time in quite a while that they’ll enter a season with not much talent, nor depth.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Golden Flashes are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games on grass.
- Golden Flashes are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 vs. Big Ten.
- Golden Flashes are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Nittany Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
- Nittany Lions are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Nittany Lions are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games on grass.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Prediction
Both offenses raise a lot of question marks heading into this one.
Expect a very lower scoring game with points coming at a premium here.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Under
Neither offense is explosive by any means. Look for the run games to dominate this one, along with a lot of the clock being chewed up.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Penn State 21- Kent State 10
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